Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Newport 10 Miler Race Report

Can I get an AMEN for a race report?!  It has been some time since my last race and this is my first race of 2014 due to my back injury in February keeping me from running the New Bedford Half.  I must say that this was worth the wait!!
The ladies and I headed to Newport on Saturday to stay with my family.  We grabbed a cousin and headed to number pick-up at the Fort.  I even saw Amy and her husband Chris (aka race photographer extraordinaire!) Even though the weather was raw, I let the girls run around inside to get the wiggles out!! 
It is always neat for me to go inside the fort since growing up it was closed.  You could walk around the outside and I attended many concert festivals there...went cliff jumping...rode bikes...but never went inside.  It's a very neat place and on a clear day it's beautiful! 

I had little expectations for race day since I knew the course was hilly and a toddler/cousin sleepover meant I had an early morning wake-up, but I put on my gear...slid on the tutu...grabbed my water and out the door I went. 
My parents live about 15 minutes from the fort so the drive was easy and I got a great parking spot!  A quick half mile walk to the fort and I was holding guard at the cannon as the official greeter...just kidding but I really stood there for a while so everyone could find me!  It was so awesome to catch up with Amy and Chris, Jessica, and Janine and her mom! 
Janine and her mom were my tutu sisters for the day!! 
The race started promptly at 8am with the blow of the cannon and we were off!!  I spent the first mile getting to a spot where I had room and felt comfy but was surprised when I looked down at mile 1 and saw a 8:23 looking back at me!  I had trained with speed but again didn't know what the day would bring.  Taking in the scenes mile 2 clicked by and 8:17 was looking back at me....hmmmm I think I have some speed in these legs!...let's see if we can that again!  Mile 3 was out at the point...beautiful still and 8:07...BOOM this is a race here!!! 
View at Mile 3...never quite able to capture on film!
Miles 4-6 clicked by all under 8:30 pace and I was happy that even though my legs were working hard (lots of rolling hills) my lungs felt amazing and I was feeling strong!  My favorite cheerleaders were between miles 6 and 7 and I got a kiss from Aubs and cheers from Em and my sister and nieces!  Aubs even wanted to join in the race!!  After mile 7 we headed off Bellavue (aka mansion row) and down a steep hill before heading back up another steep hill!  It was mile 7 last year where my wheels feel off but this year I kept pushing...knowing that this year I am stronger...praying God to push me up those hills! 
It's not a Newport race unless there is a viking out there!!  Newport is the Vikings!
Mile 7 was 8:48 and I began mile 8 back with a 8:21 pace until I got the side stitch to end all side stitches!!  Seriously I couldn't breathe or take a single breathe!  WTF!!!  After a little walking and a lot of water guzzling (I am thinking the stitch was thanks to not drinking any water for 7 miles) I started getting passed by people I fought hard to pass so I was off again.  It wasn't pretty...probably looked like I was going to cry...and slowed my pace down but I pushed...stuffed my painful side down (still hurts today by the way)...and sprinted through the finish with a 1:25:09!!!! 

I walked back (after squatting down for a bit) and cheered on the rest of the crew!  I couldn't be more proud of myself today!  Those early miles where I was just feeling awesome and cruising along built confidence in me that I have been looking for!  A little more work fueling and speed and I'm ready to hit my sub 1:50 half!!!!  Many thanks to the kind lady that came up to me after the race and comment on how she was chasing the yellow tutu for 7 miles!  It feels good to be chased instead of the chaser!! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Motivation

Yesterday I shaved 12 minutes off my time from last year's Newport 10 Miler...12 minutes and if it wasn't for a HORRID side stitch from mile 8.5 to the finish it would have been even more (more to come this week!)!  One thing that I continued to say to myself in the latter miles was, "This is not last year!"  Last year I had an awesome first 6 miles and then the wheels fell off...hard.  I am a stronger runner than I was last year and I proved that to myself yesterday!  In order to make progress forward we can't look back...we aren't going back...we are moving on up!  Focus forward!! 
How do you keep from looking back?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday's #MorningWin

Sorry I disappeared this week but I have been enjoying the family on my vacation from school...clearing out closets...and just living!  I promise to be back to my regulars next week full with a marathon recap and HELLO...A RACE REPORT!  Can I get an AMEN?  I do however want to share with you some awesome breakfasts I have been loving lately before the week is over!

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Lord knows the morning moves at the relative speed of a freight train and it is often easy to skip breakfast, especially if I try to squeeze in a workout in the morning. What helps is being prepared with quick and healthy options I can grab and eat on the run or at my desk at work!  This week even though I am off from school, I seem to have even less time in the morning.  Coming through the door after a hard workout, I am instantly on as mom, chef, and personal stylist!  Good thing I had crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits and some Oikos Greek yogurt to get me the protein and sustained energy I needed to carry me through the morning without needing to wash a dish!
Never you mind the massive coffee!
I have had Greek yogurt before but I found the Oikos yogurt to be very smooth and delish...I loved the strawberry and raspberry flavors...and they were even Em approved as well!
The crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits come in several flavors like Golden Oat, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Chocolate, and Apple Cinnamon but I like the Blueberry ones the best!  We have been a fan of them for a long time and partnered with Oikos yogurt, I can get 12 grams of protein and steady energy to carry me through the morning circus!

Earlier this week I had a meeting after my early morning gym sesh and hitting up Dunks for more than just coffee is easy of course, but I packed my bag the night before complete with breakfast for after.  Score one for Mom!  Plus I wasn't searching for a snack just an hour later!!
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What's part of your #MorningWin?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Boston Marathoner Spotlight...Rich Houston

I first met Rich when we moved down to the Cape and I started teaching at a high school there.  Rich is a history teacher at the high school and the kind of teacher who not only loves what he teaches, he gets his students to love it too!  He gets excited about the things he is passionate about and you can't help but get excited right along with him!
I had not been teaching there long when Rich invited me to come run with his running group sometime.  He used to joke that I could come but he may slow me down since he is an old man.  I quickly learned Rich's REAL running truths and while he may have slowed from his 2 hour marathon days...slow he is not!!  Rich inspires others with everything he does....just let him tell you himself!

Tell us about you.  How did you get into running?
I starting racing back in junior high school in the late 1960s. I competed in track at St. John's HS in Shrewsbury and at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. I've been running with local clubs for the last 36 years. Initially I belonged to the Great Boston Track Club, then the Central Mass Striders, and for the last 20 years the Cape Cod AC.
        How many times have you run the marathon?
I've been an official Boston entrant 28 times. If I make it this year, it will be 26 official finishes. I also ran it twice unofficially with my wife. On two occasions, I qualified but was injured and unable to run on race day. This year will make 19 in a row. 
If you could play a highlight reel of your running career, what would you include?
I set the St. John's school record for the mile: 4:18.8 in 1974 (5th in the Mass All-State Meet). I ran 4:08.9 in finishing 6th in the New England Intercollegiate Championship mile in 1977. I ran Boston in 2:30:34 in 1979.
Where were you when the bombs went off?  What event of the day sticks out for you most?
I was waiting for my baggage at the bus between Clarendon and Berkeley Streets on Boylston. I had finished about 25 minutes before the first bomb went off. We did not realize the "boom" was a bomb until the sirens and emergency personnel began to arrive. I was quite worried about family members and friends who were spread throughout the area. When the phones went out it took a while to meet up with my wife. We were unable to access the parking garage where our car was located for quite a while until security finished its assessment.
How has your training been this year?  What have been your biggest struggles/victories?
I have a great CCAC (Cape Cod Athletic Club) running gang that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We did our long runs from Brooks Park in Harwich on Saturday morning. The biggest challenge is trying to stay healthy and not overdoing it. I tried to get several weeks of 50 miles or more; my longest run was 20 2-3 weeks before race day.
What does running Boston 2014 mean to you?
I looking forward to being part of the big event that shows just how STRONG Boston and the running community really are. I hoping to keep my streak going and get requalified for next year.
Rich I'll be back at my post at mile 7 where you saw me last year!!  Maybe one day I will be able to hang with your fast legs!!!  Best of luck!!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boston Marathoner Spotlight...Dani Holmes-Kirk

I have been reading Dani's blog Weight off my Shoulders for many years but I have had the pleasure to be a fellow ZOOMA Ambassador with her last year and this.
When you first meet Dani you realize not only is she an amazing and driven lady but she is real...she is honest about her struggles and honest about successes...and boy does she have a lot of them!  Dani has drive that can move mountains and it seems like every time she lines up for a race she is primed and ready to crush it!!  And crush it she does!!!  Let's let Dani tell you in her own words!

1. Tell us about you. How did you get started running?

I am a complicated lady. Nope not really. Just trying to set a scene. Really I'm a girl that was unhealthy and overweight for quite awhile and decided to take charge of my life. On November 2, 2009 I walked into my first Weight Watchers meeting and in January 2012 I hit my goal weight - losing 64 lbs in the process and gaining so much more. In total I have shed 80 lbs from my highest weight (or the one I last saw before destroying my scale). 

I NEVER thought I would be a runner. I always HATED running. But, I wanted to lose weight and all of my friends that ran looked to be thin and in shape. So in January 2005, I started with 1/2 a mile on the treadmill and each week I added another 1/4 mile. By that March I ran my first 5k, February 2006 my first half marathon and September 2006 my first full marathon. 

Then I stopped. I was injured and done with running. I stopped for about 4 years.

In January 2011, I had back surgery for a herniated disc. My wife started running while I was laid up and I wanted to get out there with her. Hello competitive side. So in June 2011, I gave running another try and have been hooked ever since. 

2. If you could play a highlight tape of your running career, what would you include?

Every since run I've ever done. I am not even trying to be sarcastic. Every chance I am given to run I now cherish. After running the Boston Marathon in 2013. the ability and gift to run cannot be taken for granted. So every time I lace up those sneakers is a highlight.

Now there are definitely some memories that are more exciting to others. 

*Finishing my first marathon 3rd to last in 5:59:27
*Having a BLAST during the Dopey Challenge in Disney in January 2014 (4 costumes, 4 races, 4 days, 48.6 miles)
*Going from my first 5k (38:21) to my current PR of 21:59
*Finishing the Savannah Marathon sub 4 hours and taking 2 hours off my finish time --- from 5:59:27 to 3:58:49
*Completing back-to-back half marathons in September 2013
Sporting some serious Disney bling!
3. Where were you when the bombs went off? What event of the day sticks out for you most?

I was just on the other side of the Finish Line. I had crossed the Finish Line about a minute before the explosions. How my emotions varied are best described here: http://www.weightoffmyshoulders.com/2013/04/the-aftermath-of-marathon-monday/

The race itself is something that I could not replicate. It has such energy and liveliness. But if you are asking in terms of what happened then I would say feeling so lost after the race. I was separated from my mom and my wife & dad had been closer to the bombs. I wandered around the streets trying to use the phones of nurses or anyone in the area to try and contact/find my family. As I wandered on Boylston St and Newbury St I ran into my friend Robin (@robinbn) somehow. She finished 20 min before me but was in the area. She, her husband and friend Steph sat with me on a stoop on Arlington St until we got a hold of my family. Thankfully Robin's phone was working as mine had been dead.
Elated after finding her family!
 4. How has your training been this year? What have been your biggest struggles/victories?
The training season was very unique. Biggest reason being that I had signed up for the Disney Dopey Challenge before committing to running Boston in 2014. So in January I had the 48.6 mile challenge (5k, 10k, Half, Full) in the middle of my normal training plan. That paired with a foot injury that really took control of my fall training led to altering my plan.

I definitely spent more time on the bike as a result and actually think that has really helped my ability to tackle hills stronger this year.

 5. What does running Boston 2014 mean to you?

Running Boston in 2014 is for closure, celebration, my family, my friends, the city of Boston, the people injured/killed during the explosions and so much more. But the #1 reason is always for me. I run every race with a purpose to prove something to myself. Coming from the 235 lb girl who wanted nothing to do with running to a 80-lb loser and 4-time marathoner (soon to be 5), every race proves another hurdle and trophy for my collection. 

If there is anything I know about Dani it is that there is nothing that can stand in the way of this girl reaching her goals!!!  I'll be looking for you at mile 7...Go Dani Go!!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boston Marathoner Spotlight...Megan Sabatinelli

 I met Megan at a race in 2011 when a sweet voice said at the starting line, "Are you Fancy Nancy?"  She was a reader of my blog and recognized me.  Through comments here and there I convinced Megan to join the running group I was a part of and from there she just took off!!!  She has worked so hard and has become an amazing runner...and a person I am proud to call friend!!  There are many things about Megan that inspire me as a runner but one of the biggest things is how she has worked through many walls to make her training happen.  She has done long runs on Friday nights after work in not so great areas of town knowing that that was the only time she would have to get it in...faced the roller coaster of the local service road with other fabulous ladies to make sure she got in her hill workouts...all with a smile on her face!  The fateful HOT AS HADES Boston marathon was her first time running Boston and the heat did not sway her...but let me let her tell her in her own words!!

Tell us something about you?
 I'm in my late thirties. I am a wife and mother of two boys ( 13 and 10).    I'm a teachers assistant  in a elementary school. I started running in 2005, I needed to lose weight after having 2 kids and my husband being deployed for 4 months with the military. I started by just doing a couple of miles a week and then got talked into doing a road race. That's when the addiction began. I loved racing and trying to beat my previous times.

What would be included in your running highlight reel?
Some of the highlights of my running career have been of course my first race. It really started me wanting to run more and faster. The other big race was my first half marathon. I never thought I could run that distance so it was a huge accomplishment to do it. I also think that running the half marathon helped to give me the confidence to try and tackle full marathons. One of my favorite races is Myrtle Beach half/full marathon. Myrtle Beach currently holds my marathon PR and I've run the half twice. Boston will always have my heart. It's of course the best marathon.

Where were you when the bombs went off?
I was probably about 2 miles back when the bombs went off but was stopped at 25.5. I was very luckily because my husband was waiting for me in Kenmore Square and someone behind him said the was a explosion at the finish so my husband jumped the fence and ran with me till we were stopped. One of the things I remember is my husband saying the rest of the world knows mores about what's going on than we do. That really stuck out because we had no information about what was happening. We were walking around the city hearing bits and pieces about what was happening. I also felt horrible for my parents and kids because we couldn't get a hold of them and I knew they would be frantic worrying about us. The rest of the day was surreal, seeing the police cars and rescues flying through the streets.
Taken by her husband in Kenmore Square before she knew what had happened
How has your training been this year?
Training this year has been hard. The weather has been the biggest hurdle. We have run in snow, sleet, ice, rain, freezing temps, and very little sun. I feel like if I could survive this winter I can tackle anything on race day, except hot temps :-).
What does running Boston 2014 mean to you?
Running Boston this year is about finishing business, about coming back stronger and taking the marathon back. It's about remembering those who lost their lives and those who were injured.  It's about celebrating the amazing, courageous acts of love and kindness that came out of that day. I'm excited  to run but also worry about the emotional aspect of the day. I think this will be the Boston yet.

One of my strongest memories from the days following the bombing last year was a run we did on Cape.  It was one of the first times most of the marathon runners were together again and it was organized as a run of unity.
I remember seeing Megan and wanting to cry...happy to hug her and know she was ok!  She was there to run with her son.  Megan I'll be cheering my loudest at mile 7....I know you're going to do amazing!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston Marathoner Spotlight...Stu Weiner

My first Boston Marathoner I want to introduce you to is Stu.  Stu is the baby brother of my BRF Jill...sorry Stu!...and 2014 will be his 3rd time running Boston.  I first met Stu in 2011 when we went for a New Year's run on the Cape Cod Canal.

He met us there and I thought to myself...boy do fast runners run their family?!  He had just started getting serious about running and the bug certainly bit him hard.  We ran again in April when we tackled the first Jamestown Bridge 10k and that is when the weather issue started following Stu wherever he raced!
It was freezing and super windy that day and I have to say that most races he did after that one had some sort of weather twist!  I even said at one point that if Stu was running then I was planning for foul weather!!! In true form that would follow for any races we did together, he took off and I spent the rest of the race chasing him!

Stu started his Boston trilogy in 2012 for....you guessed it...one of the hottest Boston Marathons on record!!!  Temps soared well above 90 degrees and Stu, who never backs down from a challenge, was game!!  He finished...all be just slightly dehydrated...and started his tradition of running for Team Eye and Ear!
Stu is the type of person who loves to have a great time, help out whenever he can, and laugh the loudest...but when it's time to run it is time to get to work!  It shows in his times that are being cut more and more almost each time he lines up for a race! Stu is passionate about running but even more than that he is passionate about his family.  I think if I asked Stu what his greatest accomplishment was he would say his family!
His beautiful wife and girls post 5k
These smiling faces were who was waiting for Stu along with his sister Jill and a family friend at the finish line on April 15, 2013.

Mile 22
They were actually standing on Boylston between the two blasts.  His sister jumped the barricade and ran along the route until she found Stu at mile 25.5 where he and thousands of runners were stopped.  It was a heart wrenching time to be separated from his wife and children but to know they were safe was top priority.  After far too much time apart and a trek over the Mass Ave bridge, he was able to hug his wife and girls again!
This year Stu is ready to settle the family business in Boston this year and finish what he started in 2013!  He's ramped up his training this year by adding in hill repeats and track workouts in order to face the biggest Boston Marathon in history not only to finish but crush it!  Stu will be running again in his Team Eye and Ear singlet...from Hopkinton to Boylston he will be smiling the whole way...and having an extra special embrace from his family at the finish!  We're cheering for you Stu...and we know you are going to have your best Boston yet!!! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Motivation

Have you ever watched a race...a marathon?  The sheer will on the runners faces to finish the race before them is amazing and inspiring!  This quote became even more true after last year's Boston Marathon.  People put aside all their differences...needs...wants and reached out to those around them.  Help pour in from every corner of the world!  This week, the week before Boston 2014, I am featuring 4 runners from last year's marathon.  Each one has a different story to tell about that day and about what running again means to them!  These people have inspired and motivated me...and I hope they do the same for you! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dear Boston

Monday we were in Boston for our daughter's pre-op appointment at Children's.  As luck would have it the appointment lasted all of 10 minutes so when we were done we decided to stay in the city for a bit.  When hubby asked me what I wanted to do, I knew right away where I wanted to go...

The mayor had just opened the "Dear Boston" exhibit at the Boston Public Library.  It is a collection of the things that were at the Copley Memorial that grew after the marathon. I was not expecting it but the moment I walked in it caught my breath...and I fought back the emotions the entire time I was there.  If it weren't for Aubrey being there...and making sure she didn't touch anything...I may have sat and took it all in...let myself feel the impact of what had happened that day...the impact of the outpouring of support for those who were lost and injured that day...the lasting impact on those I love who were running and there...the rise up of a community not willing to give in.  I will leave you with pictures that I took but please know that these simply scratch the surface of what this memorial really is...you need to be there to truly experience it....to feel the emotion...it is open until May if you can get there.

Here is a clip from the local news about the exhibit. (As an aside...The mayor's accent couldn't be more pure Boston...I love it!)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let's Talk Training

3 weeks away from the Newport 10 miler and I'm feeling ready for this!  Two more weeks of work and then I get to take a week easier before starting up again!  It may sound crazy but I'm really liking this tired feeling I'm getting by the end of the week...like I've put in a full week's work!  I was also very happy this week breaking out the jogger!  We run to pick up the baby from the babysitter and home for a quick 2 miler.  Boy did I forget how hard pushing that is!!!  Plus they're bigger now!! Here's how this week played out!

Monday: I wanted to run 8 miles to hit 100 for the #FFMarchMiles but alas that was wishful thinking.  I hit 4 miles and was happy with the 96 miles for March! 
Tuesday:  Started the morning with kettlebells and finished the day with 4.5 miles on the mill.
Wednesday: 6 miles on the schedule...and tiredness took over...2 miles with the girls and 3 miles on the mill
Thursday: Met up with my friend to do kettlebells and 6.2 miles
Friday: 1.8 miles in my daughter came downstairs to meet me.  Finished the day with 2 miles with the girls (boy am I happy to have jogger weather back!
Saturday: 10 miles early in the day before we headed to visit my family
Sunday: Rest...even though I really wanted to squeeze in a run after church I took a nap instead!
How was your week?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Motivation...London Marathon Style

Tomorrow my BRF Jill will hop on a plane, cross "the pond", and run the London Marathon...her 10th marathon!!!  To say that I am proud of Jill wouldn't explain the tears in my eyes as I write this!  She has persevered this year...fought through a hard winter...braved the elements and curves that life has thrown her...and has made it!  I met Jill while I was 7 months pregnant with Em and she was the firecracker teacher that taught next to me.  5 years later I can't imagine my life without her!!  She motivates me...to run harder...challenge myself more...and be a strong person!  Jill, you have put in the work...fought the fight...and I know the challenges you faced and will face are NOTHING compared to the drive you have within you!!  You are the strongest, bravest, most tenacious runner I have ever met and you are going to ROCK that city!!!

Jill is running for the American Institute for Cancer Research.  Help a girl out and donate....any little bit helps!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Over-Exercise or Training-Mode

When I hurt my back and was unable to run or exercise for about 3 weeks, I knew the only thing I could get control over so that I wouldn't balloon up to massive proportions would be to clean up my eats and really focus on the food I was eating.  My husband was very supportive in this and basically helped me with whatever I needed.  I also began seeing a dietitian weekly to track my eating, weight, and measurements.  Since I'm crazy busy a bad blogger I don't have pictures to show you yet but I'm encouraged by the progress I'm making.  So far I am down 12lbs and 12.5 inches overall!  I am 2lbs away from buying my first pair of skinny jeans (that was my first reward planned)!
A question came up last week during our meeting when my weight loss stopped.  It was slowing down significantly from the weeks where I wasn't exercising, which made zero sense to me.  How could I be eating well and exercising and NOT losing weight???  She kept telling me I was over-exercising....to which I kept replying "I'm training" or "I have been running this much for 7 years".  It was a circle we went around and around and finally landed on working in more food for me (which resulted in a 3lb loss this week!)  It got me thinking about what is over-exercising and am I in fact doing that or not fueling well...I found a few things...
US News described over-exercising in a similar way but their study adds in fat gain.  While I wasn't gaining fat, my weight wasn't budging.  Looking over these symptoms I would argue that I in fact was not over-exercising.  None of these symptoms describe me except for the weight staying still.  I am encouraged by my increase in protein this week leading to a loss and I think it was more of a balance issue.  This way I can continue to train like I want to and keep my sanity while still making gains towards my goal!
Do you see yourself showing any of these symptoms?  
I think its important to be mindful of your body and how you are pushing it.  Yes when we are training in order to get the most out of our bodies we are tired...sore...cranky...and prone to injury.  The difference is when we push ourselves to the point of too much...and that is different for everyone.

To help me continue on this clean eating road....I have signed up for Laura's Spring Reset Challenge starting April 21st.
I did the January reset with Laura earlier this year and it was an amazing experience!  Not only did I get so many awesome recipes and feel lighter, I gained a better understanding about my body and what fuel makes it work well.  Laura is incredibly supportive and knowledgeable!  Don't miss this chance to work with her!  Sign up for the 21 day reset with me and let the detoxing begin!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Chat with Dave McGillivray to Give Back

The finish line has been painted...
The banners are hung...
The runners are sitting pretty on taper island...
but there is someone who's job is FAR from being over!  The infamous Mr. Dave McGillivray!
For those of you who are not familiar with the name, Dave McGillivray is the director of the Boston Marathon.  Not only does he make one of the biggest marathons in the world run smoothly, he is also a philanthropist, motivational speaker, and veteran distance runner himself.  He even runs the marathon course each year once the race is over!

He is hosting a one-of-a-kind interactive video chat for runners and those who love running in an effort to raise money for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, which invests in education, athletics and community in honor of 7-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Martin's message resonated with the hearts of the world and his foundation seeks to continue this message.

 A donation of any size to the foundation gains the contributor entry into the video chat, which will take place on April 4th at 12 pm EST, and the opportunity to ask McGillivray questions prior to the event or live during the event.  In his talk, he will share experiences from some of his most impressive feats and provide insight on what’s allowed him to be so effective at running so many miles. He’ll also be sharing tips about making the most out of your participation in an organized running event.  Basically you are getting the opportunity to not only contribute to an amazing cause but you also get to pick the brain of one of the greats in the running field!!  You can read more about the event here.

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing event which can unite so many of us around a great cause and running event!  I am also happy to extend complimentary access to this chat to the first 100 of my readers.  Just enter the code FANCYNANCY when you register.  You can always donate but this something Wizeo is extending to you!  In addition, anyone who registers using this code, Wizeo is promising to donate $10 to the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.  Amazing!

So my question is...who's joining me?  And....what would you ask Dave?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Let's Talk Training

I can honestly say training wise last week ROCKED!!  I worked around a pretty full schedule and made my workouts count!!  Here's how it broke down:
Monday: 3.2 miles on the mill late night!  These are hard to recover from since I finish around 9pm and I'm then WIRED!
Tuesday: Morning kettlebells and 4.2 miles on the mill...yes winter running means a lot of mill running!
Wednesday: 5 miles on the mill!
Thursday: Morning kettlebells and 4 miles on the bike
Friday: 3 early morning miles
Saturday: An awesome 10 mile run with Jill as she tapers for London! 
Sunday: REST!!  Breakfast out with the fam and then time recovering in my Tommie Copper!

With training for Newport, Ragnar, and more, I am certainly sore by the time Sunday rolls around!  I have been loving my Tommie Copper compression tights and Active Fit tank top! 
No I'm not training to be a ninja...I'm just loving how comfortable this all is!  It helps my legs to recover much faster and the tank is something I wear ALL THE TIME!!  Both can be worn alone or under your clothes...
Seriously they are super comfy and the tights are making my legs VERY happy!  I wish I had a tank for every day of the week!!